Tonight, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will air a TV ad congratulating Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on his nomination, with a nod to the fact that Obama’s speech coincides with the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech.
"Sen. Obama, this is truly a good day for America," McCain says in the ad, speaking to his rival. "Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So, I wanted to stop and say congratulations. How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we’ll be back at it. But tonight, Senator, job well done."
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe — who did not know the content of the ad until we read him the script — just told us that the McCain ad is "a very nice gesture. We appreciate that. I wish more of his ads had that tone. But for tonight, we appreciate it and will congratulate him next week on his nomination."
* This post has been updated with the more exact quote.